Waldheim Report On Softball
By Corinne Waldheim
Still feeling the aches and pains from the prior day’s Beach Channel alumni crew regatta and the following hours spent at Connelly’s, I dragged my aching muscles and bones out of bed in time to catch the Sunday morning Jamaica Bay Softball action. Thanks to all the old-timers (that would be my 23-28 year-old fellow alumni Jaime, Antonio, Virginia, Tony and Maria, and not some of the guys on the Rockies team) who helped me rediscover my love for rowing and later joined me for some frozens. I (along with buddies Kelly, Nicole, Valerie and Jodi) would also like to congratulate one of my very best friends, Keren McEneaney, on her graduation from Queens College.
In game one of the Mudshark/Rockies double header the Sharks won 10-6.
The brothers McCarthy were hot today, led by Richie who was 3-6. Chris was 2-3, with a double and Keith contributed with two RBI. Gene Mohr went 2-3. Completing the sweep, the Sharks won the second contest, 9-2. Mohr added a couple more hits. Bobby Steiner, 5-6 with several RBI and five runs scored, stood out offensively. Gene G. made his 2000 debut a memorable one as he went 3-3 with a triple. Joey Ernst sprayed a few liners around left and center.
The Daggers’ Billy "Willie Mays" Molloy was 2-2, with three runs scored. Dennis went 1-2 with a run scored and sac fly. Jay was 1-1 with two sacrifices. Dave and James were 2-3. Molloy made an excellent over the shoulder catch in center field to rob the Mudsharks of extra bases. In the second game, Billy and Chris were 2-2. Kinzie brushed himself off and hung in at third after each and every arduous play. Note: All stats reported are limited to the fifth inning of game two.
In the Grassy Point royal rumble/steel cage match/Wrestlemania there was no clear victor. The Assassins and Muggers split two as Kenny the Mouse (I know I should fear for my life right now) was a no show again. Billy Johnson tried to walk as many batters as possible but had a few good hits and Chuckie K’d in his first ever clean-up appearance. Mike Salica would have made an excellent throw home, if only Cheeks had caught it. Tommy Brasche also struck out. Bowerman had a couple of hits and congratulations are in order for Matt Salica who had a baby boy.
In the grueling match that was game one, the Assassins persevered, 3-2. "It was a defensive battle," said Steve Rosino. Sang broke up a double play on Angel's sacrifice in order to score the winning run. Danny Jackowski made left field an easy out. In game two "too many errors and bad attitudes attributed to our loss," said one Assassin. The Inwood/Bryan’s Auto brainchild had the lead (8-6) into the fifth but the Muggers battled back and tied it in the next inning. Even Danny J’s home run in the final inning could not salvage the sweep. Muggers win 13-10.
Excerpts from the Old Head webpage:
The Black Water Old Head defeated their cross-tap rivals the Freak Show by a score of 9-5. Cass Boggiano earned his first victory of the season while going 2-2 and scoring two runs. Highlights from this game included Colm Nielson, who was 3-3 with two RBI; Dan Euerle, 2-3 (2 RBI) and Casserly with solid defense and two RBI at the plate. Steve Gonzalez was perfect at the plate, chipping in with a triple and a sacrifice fly. Clutch hitting and sound defense were the keys to the Old Head triumph.
This second game of the Black Water rivalry was a lot closer than the score (8-3) may indicate. This game was actually knotted at 2-2 going into the seventh inning. In the top of the last inning, the Old Head beared-down and put together a fine rally. Todd Ames notched his second victory of the season and added two hits and a RBI at the plate. Nielson was perfect at the plate for the second straight game, coming through with three hits including an RBI triple scoring Casserly (2-4, two runs, RBI) to tie the game at two. Casserly again contributed both with his glove and his bat. Jim Balfe was a perfect 3-3, and scored the all-important go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning. Euerle added another solid game at the plate, going 2-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. This game was won by a solid team effort, both offensively and defensively.
Back to the Waldheim Report: Over at On the Waterfront, Buckle the Monkey was playing some tunes as they awaited the arrival of drummer and Freakshow stalwart Doc. Doc was just returning from Greece with his new wife. Eighties long-haired rock star lovin’ ladies are crying everywhere, I tell ya. Filthy Phil was once again shooting his mouth and offering everything including his first born for me not to quote him, still following direct orders, I didn’t. Mike Coogan was out of town and unavailable for comment. Entertainment at On the Waterfront this Friday will include Blue Monday, so check it out!
No scores were available for the Daggers/Brewers, Rounballs/Orioles or Misfits/Big Dogs games. For all updates as they are received, checkout the JBSL website at www.eteamz.com/jamaicabay and email the latest info to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Standings are still be compiled. The Mudsharks have off this Saturday, while the rest of the teams will be playing at:
B.C. -- Orioles versus Muggers, 10/11 a.m.; Assassins versus Cardinals, 12:30/1:45 p.m.
Blvd. -- Rockies versus Freak Show, 10/11:15 a.m.; Old Head versus Mis Fits, 12:30/1:45 p.m.
Open -- Big Dogs versus Daggers, 10/11:15 a.m.; Brewers versus Round Balls, 12:30/1:45 p.m.